Using the colAR Mix to Teach Common Core Writing

I recently was able to use the app colAR Mix as a way to teach the following Common Core Standard to Third Graders.

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
AR bird
colAr Mix has a series of coloring pictures that you can download on their website.  Some of the coloring pages are free and some of them you have to pay for.  Here is a link to their website:
I had each child in the class color in a different trigger picture.  Once they had completed their drawings they used the iPad and the app colAR Mix to scan the drawing and watch it come to life in 3D.  Then based upon the Augmented Reality that was superimposed on the 2D drawing I asked them to brainstorm characters, setting, conflict, and resolution.
The Common Core allows for the young writers to work with imagined experiences and the Augmented Reality really stimulated the imaginations of my third grade writers.  The Common Core also wants third graders to be able to introduce characters and sequence events in a story.  The Augmented Reality provided a scaffold which allowed for the students to brainstorm characters and allowed them to sequence events.
Also, the students were so full of ideas that it was hard to get them to put down their pens and leave the classroom, the ultimate indicator of success in any teaching/learning activity.

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